Cannot change settings for Metacity

Huaxin Xu hxu at
Mon Aug 2 01:53:34 UTC 2010

Hi all,


I have a system set up this way: kernel, no desktop
environment (no gnome or kde), metacity 2.28.0-14.fc12.i686 (installed
by yum), and my own application (full-screen) which may generate some
dialogs when certain operations are performed.


I could not change settings (such as num_workspaces,
action_right_click_titlebar) for matacity. 


`gconftool-2 --type=int --set
/schemas/apps/metacity/general/num_workspaces 1` reported no errors or
warnings, in fact, nothing.

`gconftool-2 --get /schemas/apps/metacity/general/num_workspaces` would
return the value I had set (in this case, 1).


However, right click on the titlebar of a modal dialog would still show
the menu item of "Move to Another Workspace" and "Workspace 2/3/4" on a
menu one level down.


Similarly for action_right_click_titlebar

`gconftool-2 --type =string --set
/schemas/apps/metacity/general/action_right_click_titlebar none`
reported nothing.

`gconftool-2 --get
/schemas/apps/metacity/general/action_right_click_titlebar` would return
the value I had set ("none")


However, right click on the titlebar of a modal dialog would still
prompt a menu, as if no change has been made on


I could tell metacity was involved in the running of the application
from the cursor - when metacity was started before the application
started the cursor for the root window would be XC_left_ptr, otherwise
it would be a black "X".
However, as gnome (or any other desktop environment) was not running, I
am not sure if gconftool-2 can enforce the settings on metacity.
Another issue, which may be related is
Changing the theme of metacity by 
`gconftool-2 --type=string /schemas/apps/metacity/general/theme Nodoka`
(Nodoka is only used as an example, using any other theme would give the
same result).
or changing a particular value of a theme by editing the XML file
would not make any difference whatsoever in appearance (e.g. titlebar's
width, height, padding height, etc)
Any advice on how I can apply changes on metacity, or at least how to
set num_workspaces = 0 and action_right_click_titlebar = none?
Thanks very much!




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